In summer 2017 after the RHS judges’ visit residents on Heyes Lane worked together to cover an unsightly road grit bin with a cover they had made from recycled pallets.
In 2018 we followed up on a earlier request from residents on Moss Lane to rejuvenate a patch of neglected common land. Residents had asked that it be an area for wildlife and possibly an orchard. This was given support by the Bloomers committee and in April volunteers cleared the area of thick brambles in preparation for the planting of fruit trees.
To add to the 20,000 Spring-flowering bulbs planted by volunteers in 2017 a further 5,000 spring bulbs were bought and planted in January around the village by local residents, churches, schools, sports groups, scouts and guides.
We asked and received from residents gifts of seeds, shrubs, perennials and self seeding annuals and biennials in an attempt to increase the diversity of the horticultural planting and to increase community participation and possible group membership.
For summer displays we were successful in getting the participation of businesses in the purchase of hanging baskets, troughs and tubs with the same design and planting. This would mean the blossoms in retail areas would be attractive, unified and integrated.
In early 2018 a new business group ‘Love Alderley’ was set up to promote the village as a vibrant place to live, work and do business.
Alderley Edge in Bloom were invited to join the group and representatives have attended all their committee meetings. We are also represented on the ‘Alderley Edge Traders Action Group’ committee. Both groups are very supportive of our group and have made financial contributions to us.
In May we were pleased to be told that the managers of the famous Bubble Room had nominated us as their charity of the month, promoting us to their customers.
In late 2017 we began developing our website. In addition to our website we have Twitter and Facebook pages and a Flickr picture sharing account.
We are trying to use technology to promote ourselves and hopefully increase volunteer numbers and donations.
Increased visibility around the village and on the AlderleyEdge.com and So-Cheshire websites and in the Wilmslow Guardian has given us welcome publicity.
Even negative news such as damage to our planters has worked to our advantage putting us on the front page of the newspaper and top item on alderleyedge.com.
We are building on the positive image residents increasingly have of our work. We hope that this will encourage people to join us.
We hope that our increased publicity will make people look with fresh eyes at their neighbourhood Partners and supporters and identify more areas around the village where improvements and wildlife enhancement could take place.
Donations & Funding
In April 2018 we donated wildflower seeds to both Ryleys School and Alderley Edge Community Primary School. We are working with both schools by attending their gardening clubs where we offer support and advice.
The vegetables grown on the Chorley Hall Lane Bloomers Community allotment have been donated to the village Luncheon club and local churches.
We have received funding from Cheshire East community grants and we have received funding from the Tesco Community Grants Scheme.
In 2018 we have received a grant from the Manchester Airport Community fund to purchase watering equipment for use in the village.
We have been pleased to be chosen by Waitrose and Partners as a local 'Good Cause' in their 'Community Matters' Scheme.
We have been succesful in securing a grant from the Alderley Edge Institute Trust for additional planters.
We have received donations from both private individuals and the local business community via a 'Just Giving, Crowd Funding' initiative.